MC boys and girls claim Section Two crowns

By on May 11, 2016

 

(At left) Manheim Central sophomore Billie Jo Bollinger, who set school records in the girls 100 High Hurdles and 300 Hurdles on Monday against Garden Spot, gives a final kick to the finish line; (right) Baron senior Derek Adams displays his intensity while helping the MC boys 4x100 relay set a new school record in 43.8 seconds. Photos by Steve Heydt.

(At left) Manheim Central sophomore Billie Jo Bollinger, who set school records in the girls 100 High Hurdles and 300 Hurdles on Monday against Garden Spot, gives a final kick to the finish line; (right) Baron senior Derek Adams displays his intensity while helping the MC boys 4×100 relay set a new school record in 43.8 seconds. Photos by Steve Heydt.

Clearly, Monday’s match-up against Garden Spot was more than just another meet for the Manheim Central boys and girls track and field teams.

For the Baron boys, the opportunity to finish off a perfect season as the Section Two champions was there for the taking.

And if things fell into place for the MC girls, they had the chance to finish as Section Two co-champs.

All the Manheim Central athletes did was combine to break five school records, leading them to a sweep of the Spartans in Manheim.

“I don’t know that I’ve ever seen that and I’ve been coaching quite awhile,” said first-year Baron coach Russ White, who previously coached 42 years at Garden Spot.

Cole Sunderland (800), Ian Lauver (3,200) and the 4×100 relay all shattered marks, as the MC boys rolled to a 122-28 victory, completing their run to the title with an unblemished 7-0 record.

“There’s been a lot of excitement all season long about how well this team does and how many kids have been involved in all the victories,” White said.

There was no less excitement for the MC girls. Sophomore Billie Jo Bollinger obliterated records in the 300 Hurdles and 100 High Hurdles, leading Manheim Central in a 100-50 victory. That, coupled with Ephrata’s 92-58 decision at Cocalico, gave the Lady Barons a share of the Section Two crown with the Lady Eagles, both at 6-1.

Senior Tyler Hoag continued his dominance in the throws, taking the shot put (57-4), discus (166-5) and javelin (180-4), just as he has done in every dual meet for the Barons this spring.

“That’s unbelievable,” White said. “He’s qualified for the District Meet since his 9th-grade year in both shot and discus, and I think the last two years in javelin. So he’s been qualified in three events the past two years for the District Meet, that’s how outstanding he is.”

Junior Ian Lauver and freshman Will Rivers each earned a pair of individual wins to help lead the way. In the 3,200, Lauver broke Tom Brendel’s time of 9:52 set in 1989, crossing the finish line in 9:48.4. He also took gold in the 1,600 in 4:43.4.

Rivers, meanwhile, took home golds in the long jump (18-4 1/4) and triple jump (38-4 1/2).

Plus, the Barons swept all three relays, none bigger than the record-breaking 4×100 relay of Derek Adams, Jay Barreto, Drew Eshleman and Brock Hochstetler, who finished in 43.8 seconds. Their previous best was 44.5.

“Everyone hit a really good hand-off and it was just kind of a perfect run,” White recalled. “It was kind of unexpected and the kids were very excited about that.”

There also was a lot of excitement for Sunderland, who broke Nathanael Erk’s record time of 1:57.5 in the 800, breaking the tape in 1:56.4.

In all, nine different athletes accounted for the Barons’ 13 individual victories against Spot.

“Balance is really the key for dual meets, trying to have somebody who can be competitive in all the different events,” White said, “and I think that’s what makes us a really really good dual meet team. We have somebody in all areas.”

Hochstetler and Caleb Weaver handed the sprints with golds in the 200 (22.9) and 400 (55.7), respectively, while Barreto and Eshleman formed a 1-2 punch in the 110 High Hurdles (15.9) and 300 Hurdles (40.7).

Eshleman also teamed up with Dylan Nelson, Zach Reed and Sunderland on the first-place 4×400 relay (3:41.0), while the foursome of Weaver, Dave Merkey, Lauver and Sunderland took the 4×800 relay in a time of 9:49.5.

Connor Pavlik accounted for Manheim Central’s other win in the field, taking the pole vault at 12-6.

Turning to the girls, the Lady Barons’ victory was highlighted by a pair of school-record performances from Bollinger, who shattered Bev Paine’s mark of 15.5 seconds in the High Hurdles (set in 1979) with a first-place effort of 14.7. She placed second in the 300 Hurdles in 44.9 seconds to Spot’s Nesta Petit-ton (44.8), but still broke MC’s record of 46.1 seconds, held since 1988 by Allison Heisey.

“The scary thing for (Billie Jo),” White said, “is that she’s not finished yet. This is just the end of the dual-meet season and now the real post-season starts this Saturday and we’ll see.

Petit-ton, whom White started in the hurdles while still coaching at GS, was second in the 100 Hurdles.

“What brought out (Bollinger’s) best times was she was running against an excellent hurdler,” White said. “They were two really, really good races and they easily are the top of the L-L Honor Roll.”

White also credited junior Kiera Wells for strong times in not only the High Hurdles (15-3) and 300 Hurdles (48.0), in which she placed third, but the 100 and 200 as well en route to silvers.

“Kiera Wells has been unbelievable for us,” White said. “It doesn’t show up so much as first places because she’s running against Nesta in the 100 and 200. But she ran unbelievable times herself. She was even better yet in the 100-meter Hurdles. The top three times in the L-L League were all running in the very same race in a dual meet.”

Bella Agesen did her part as a triple individual winner in the long jump (15-3 3/4), triple jump (33-9 1/2), and high jump (4-8), while Heidi Strausbaugh added a pair of golds in the discus (109-8) and javelin (104-0).

Taylor Wiederrecht won the 400 (51.6), Charis Dinger took the 800 (2:31.0) and those two joined Anna Burkhart and Bollinger on the first-place 4×400 (4:23.9), along with Herr and Marianne Fitzkee on the winning 4×800 (10:57.5).

Mallory Sunderland chipped in with a gold in the 1,600 (5:21.2), while Cody and Billie Jo Bollinger, Burkhart and Maddie West combined to win the 4×100 relay in 51.6 seconds.

Other winners in the field for the Manheim Central girls were Steph Garner in the shot put (33-7 1/2) and Carley Sheppard in the pole vault (10-3).

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